Efremidis Gallery is happy to present ‘Walkers’ by Nuria Fuster as the second exhibition in ERP Projekt. Nuria Fuster, born in Alcoi, Spain (1978), lives and works in Berlin.
She completed an MA in Fine Arts at the Universitat Politècnica in Valencia and has attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy.
With ‘Walkers’ Fuster created a site-specific kinetic intervention in ERP Projekt. The two ‘walkers’ are created in direct response to the architecture of the space which ERP Projekt inhabits. ‘Walkers’ recreates the constantflow of movement happening in front of the exhibition space, the rush of the pedestrians from the U-Bahn station to their destination. The separation between inside and outside, private and public has been compromised by the architects Rolf Gutbrod and Hermann Kiess by extending the sidewalk into the building, on view but not accessible. The work engages in a dialogue with the building, the intention of the architects and with the passers-by on Ernst-Reuter-Platz.
Fuster’s sculptural intervention consists of two steel cables that are looped between the concrete pillars situated inside the exhibition space. A single cable hangs down from the looped chain and is moved back and forth by a motor that activates two wheels. An endless motion trapped to repeat itself. At the end of the metal chain, an aberration occurs. A household object is displaced, a common occurence in Nuria Fuster’s work. The object is being dragged over the cobblestones, a slight irritation, an unusual happening.
The works in ERP Projekt are on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning that the ‘walkers’ will be activated continuously till the end of the exhibition.
Sculptural pieces by Nuria Fuster often, after repeated viewing, reveal themselves as durational installations. Natural elements such as gravity, fire, air are given an unexpected role by the artist in the creation of the work. Similarly, for ‘Walkers’, the constant movement of the objects being dragged from pillar to pillar affects them, slowly they are being worn down towards an outcome unknown to us at the moment of writing.